The George Paton Gallery will be taking ongoing proposals for GPGvirtual throughout 2021, and gallery proposals for second semester. Our second semester will have a limited intake due to Mudfest, the biennial University of Melbourne Arts festival and putting on postponed exhibitions that could not be seen in 2020. 

Due to this there is no deadline for applications, but we are happy to talk to you about an idea for the gallery to see whether it fits into one of our exhibition venues, such as the GPG, GPG Project Spaces, or GPG Virtual. 

Exhibitions are FREE for University of Melbourne students. We recommend that all potential applicants contact us at gpg@union.unimelb.edu.au to discuss their ideas for an exhibition.

We accept applications for solo, group, and curated exhibitions, and performances, events and talks for the George Paton gallery. We welcome ideas from all students from ALL DEPARTMENTS of the University of Melbourne.

We want to give you the best chance to have your exhibition in our GPG program. For this reason we offer:

  • Free exhibitions
  • Feedback on your application draft – before you submit it – so it can be a strong as possible
  • Support meetings and advice for your show
  • Assistance with the promotion of your show
  • Mentoring of emerging curators
  • Curatorial Award of $500 per semester, other awards, grant advice and other opportunities

GEORGE PATON GALLERY EXHIBITION PROPOSAL INFORMATION

Established in the mid 1970s, The George Paton Gallery was the first institutionally supported experimental art space in Australia, and provided a model for Australia’s subsequent centres of contemporary art. The Gallery’s exhibition programs have forecast emerging trends in alternative practice, new and hybrid media, the phenomenon of the curator, and the return of painting.

Since 1994, the gallery has focused on student exhibitions, with many past and recent exhibitors finding success both in Australia and overseas. The George Paton Gallery provides a supportive environment for students, artists and curators to gain experience in exhibition practice. Please come and talk to us about your ideas for an exhibition in the GPG.

Student applicant exhibitions run over two weeks for a total of eight days, with installation taking place from Sunday to Tuesday prior to the exhibitions’ commencement on Wednesday. Rather than the traditional exhibition opening event, the George Paton Gallery hosts a Closing Event on the final Wednesday evening of the exhibition, from 5-7pm. Through this, we hope to encourage a different approach to the exhibition timeline, inviting performative, cumulative and time-based approaches to the exhibition. Exhibitors need to keep in mind that the exhibition is open to the public from the first Wednesday, but the work can change, mutate, or accumulate over the exhibition. The Closing Event can then function as the culmination of the exhibition.

The George Paton Gallery is located on the second floor of Union House, University of Melbourne in Parkville. Union House is located on the University of Melbourne map at E 15.

GALLERY PLAN

MAP – UNIVERSITY CAMPUS, PARKVILLE

APPLICATION PROCESS

The George Paton Gallery has two gallery application rounds per year, one each academic semester from current university of Melbourne students. The gallery does not accept late or out of round applications.

BEFORE YOU APPLY

We strongly recommend that all potential applicants for exhibitions make an appointment to come and speak to us about their ideas for an exhibition. This often proves highly advantageous to the applicant, allowing the gallery coordinator to give you advice on your application and also it allows us to ‘speak to’ your application at the Gallery Selection meeting.

PROPOSAL FORMAT

The George Paton Gallery only accepts online proposals and applicants must fill out ALL SECTIONS of their application form for their proposal to be taken into consideration.

Please click below for:
2020 plan A & B proposal form
2020 plan A & B proposal form PDF

GEORGE PATON GALLERY PROPOSAL IMAGE TEMPLATE PPT

Proposals are to be emailed to gpg(at)union.unimelb.edu.au

THE GEORGE PATON GALLERY APPLICATION FORM INCLUDES

  • Exhibitors details
  • Exhibition rationale and description
  • CVs for each participant (no longer than one A4 page per exhibitor)
  • List of Visual Material submitted including: title, date, media and dimensions of your images or video works
  • PowerPoint with Visual Material to be saved as PDF(See above for PowerPoint template). A maximum of 12 jpeg images for a solo exhibition and 20 jpeg images for a group exhibition and/or web links for video and audio works – up to six minutes in total.

WHO CAN APPLY

Broadly, we are looking for quality exhibitions, workshops and projects that engage with both audiences and the gallery space.

Applications for solo and group exhibitions are open to:

  • Curatorial students
  • School of Art students
  • Students from all departments at Melbourne Uni who have an idea for an exhibition or workshop suitable for the gallery

EXHIBITIONS ARE FREE TO ALL UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE STUDENTS

EQUIPMENT HIRE

(NB: hiring rates are per week. Technical support is available upon request at an additional charge. This service is through AV@Melbourne)

  • BenQ SH9515 Full HD Data Projector: $60 per week – 4 available
    Click for specs for data projector
  • Flat screen Monitors:
    24 inch $40 per week – 2 available
    32 inch $50 per week – 2 available

EXHIBITION INSTALLATION AND DEINSTALLATION: FIRST SEMESTER COVID SAFE HOURS AND GALLERY INVIGILATION

Exhibitions run for eight days with installation taking place from Sunday to Tuesday prior to the exhibition opening to the public. Exhibitions are open to the public from the first Wednesday to the second Friday from 1pm-5pm. 

De-installation takes place on the Saturday following the last day of your exhibition. You will need to pay a $50 key deposit and bond, which will be returned to you on condition that the gallery is left in the condition you found it in.

GALLERY MINDING: THIS IS IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR AN EXHIBITION

  • Please note that  in first semester, in line with COVID-safe practice, exhibitions will be invigilated by Arts Programs staff.

If you are successful in your application for an exhibition at the George Paton Gallery, you will be responsible for the minding of the gallery for the duration of your show. The gallery will need someone attending to it for eight days from the first Wednesday to the final Friday from 1pm to 5pm each day. As a guide, the exhibitor/s in the Entrance Gallery are responsible for minding the gallery for three days and the exhibitor/s in the Main Gallery are responsible for five days.

GPG EXHIBITION SELECTION MEETINGS

Because of the quick turnaround between application and exhibition, we hold a Selection Meeting one week to a fortnight following the application deadline. Applicants are notified regarding the outcome of the meeting within two weeks of the selection meeting (within three to four weeks of the application deadline).

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Each semester there are six to seven exhibitions with exhibitions held in both the Entrance and Main galleries of the GPG. The first semester program runs from February to May and the second semester program runs from July to October/early November.

Please contact the Arts Programs Coordinator on 8344 5418 or email gpg[at]union.unimelb.edu.au if you have any queries regarding our exhibition program.

EXTERNAL HIRE/OUT OF PROGRAM EXHIBITIONS

The George Paton Gallery is occasionally available for hire out of academic semester teaching weeks. Bookings must be made at least three months prior to the exhibition and hire fees for all out-of-program exhibitions begin at $100 per day for the whole gallery, $75 per day for the main gallery and $40 per day for entrance gallery for space rental only, other services will be billed on top of this. Please contact the Arts Programs Coordinator for details and bookings.